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Barnstorm Youth Theatre is looking to recruit a part-time Youth Theatre Facilitator with a passion for providing creative, fun learning environments for young people to develop their skills and grow as individuals.
Successful candidates will be responsible for designing and delivering annual programmes for each group, and to work with members to programme, produce and direct a production during the year.

Programmes will be re-commencing in Kilkenny in September 2024.
Currently there are weekly workshops with a Junior (10-12), Middle Group (13 – 15 years) and Senior Group workshop (16 – 18 years) 1.5 – 2 hours each week.

See below for the job description and details

Job Description Barnstorm Youth Theatre Facilitator 24-25

Applications are only through the following link: Application Link 

Barnstorm Theatre Company is looking for a part-time Youth Theatre Facilitator with a passion for providing creative, fun learning environments for young people to develop their skills and grow as individuals.

Programmes will be re-commencing in Kilkenny in September 2023. Applications details can be found here

In a delightful collision of wit, tragedy, and unexpected connections, “Commencing” by Jane Shepard takes centre stage at Barnstorm’s Lunchtime Theatre series. This award-winning short play invites audiences to witness the magic of a blind date gone awry, where two people find themselves on a journey that defies expectations.

Kelli and her blind date, both quick-witted and unafraid to speak their minds, are deeply marked by their past experiences. Their hope for the future shines through, even as they grapple with unexpected twists.

“Commencing” invites us to reflect on life’s complexities, all while keeping the audience guessing. Prepare for a blend of humour and unexpected connections that will leave you pondering long after the curtain falls.

Performance Details:

  • Venue: Barnstorm Studio, 3 John’s Quay, Kilkenny R95T382
  • Dates: 19th to 28th June 2024 weekdays at 1pm sharp
  • Tickets: Available online at Gr8 Events or on the door

Don’t miss this lunchtime treat—join us for “Commencing” and experience the magic of unexpected encounters.

For media inquiries, please contact: Philip Hardy 056 7751266

Barnstorm’s Lunchtime Theatre series is dedicated to bringing quality theatrical experiences to our community during the lunch hour. Our intimate venue provides a unique setting for short plays, allowing audiences to escape the daily grind and immerse themselves in captivating stories while eating lunch.

Hoot, Hoot, we are back with our annual
One Act Festival 🦉– tickets are available to book now:
Keep an eye on our socials for show updates, cast introductions, and more

Booking open for our 2024 Youth Drama and Dance Camp for young people this summer.

Develop confidence & interpersonal skills through drama and dance

and have some fun…

Mon 1 – Fri 5 July 2024 Dance
Mon 8 – Fri 12 July 2024 Drama

8 – 11 years  10am – 1pm

12 – 15 years 2pm – 5pm

Book Online Here:

1-5 July Dance Camp 

8-12 July Drama Camp 

Just €100 10% concessions for siblings 


Join us at Barnstorm Theatre Company for a summer filled with creativity, laughter, and unforgettable memories! 🌞🎭💃

Barnstorm Theatre Company has been a cornerstone of Kilkenny’s arts scene, nurturing young talent and producing exceptional theatre for over three decades. 

Our facilitators:

Jo Hennessey is a trained actor and qualified with a Masters of Teaching Primary and a Secondary Diploma of Education. She has taught across both sectors as a Primary Classroom Teacher and a Specialist Teacher in Drama and is committed to fostering collaborative educational environments.

Cindy Cummings is a dance artist (choreographer/performer/tutor) whose practice integrates dance, theatre and live art. Since 1986 she has created collaborative works with dance, theatre, visual, sound, literary and media artists around the world for live performance, installation and film. Cindy is based in Co Kilkenny where she worked on The Local, The Big Chapel X and Everything Must Go with Asylum Productions. Cindy has also worked extensively with Equinox Theatre Company and is currently a facilitator on the Inclusive Dance Cork course at Dance Cork Firkin Crane. Since 2007 Cindy has been a member of Aosdána.

Tara Landers started dancing from a very young age. She commenced her professional dance training in The College of Dance, Dublin and then went on to study in Fontys, The Netherlands where she studied contemporary, dance theatre and choreography. After returning to Ireland, she began working with Janice de Broithe and Slapdash Theatre Co. Tara choreographed and produced numerous shows and Cabarets with Janice, such as, The Wizard of OZ, Alice in Wonderland and, an original production of Treasure Island, to name but a few. Tara also works with transition year students in local schools doing drama, vocal, and dance workshops. Tara also produces and choreographs their school musicals. Tara’s ethos is to encourage everyone, regardless of race, gender, identity, to gain confidence in themselves and to help everyone express themselves in an open, free and friendly environment.

Following last year’s successful run of Macbeth, Barnstorm’s Senior Youth Theatre returned to Ionad Dara, Goresbridge in April with their annual production. The Trials by Dawn King. The near future. The climate emergency is gathering pace, and we are being judged. The jurors are young people. But are they delivering justice – or just taking revenge?

Are you ready to laugh out loud at the witty and hilarious antics of Jack, Algernon, Gwendolen, and Cecily? Do you want to witness the ultimate battle of the sexes between Lady Bracknell and Miss Prism? Do you enjoy cucumber sandwiches, muffins, and tea?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you don’t want to miss Barnstorm’s production of *The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde*, the most brilliant comedy ever written. This play is part of the Curriculum Play Live series, which brings to life the texts that Junior Cert students are studying for their exams. It is a great opportunity for students to see the characters, themes, and language of the play in action, and to have fun while learning.

The play will run from Wednesday 28th February 2024 to Saturday 2nd March 2024 at 8pm Wed–Fri-Sat.

There will also be matinees on Thurs 29th February 2024 and Fri 1st March 2024 at 10.30 am for schools and groups.

Tickets are €17; €15 concession.

School group tickets are only €12 per person (teachers go free).

You can book online

or call the Watergate Theatre on 056 7761674.

Review March 2024: A feast for the senses

Noah Barleywater Runs Away was the world premiere of a truly exciting theatre piece which has been adapted by internationally renowned playwright Mike Kenny from John Boyne’s novel of the same name.

The play explores the world of childhood and the adventures that we can all have there. Noah is running away from his problems, or at least that’s what he thinks, the day he takes the untrodden path through the forest. When he comes across a very unusual toyshop and meets the even more unusual toymaker, he’s not sure what to expect. But the toymaker has a story to tell, a story full of adventure, and wonder and broken promises. And Noah travels with him on a journey that will change his life for ever. This is a thought-provoking fable for our modern world from the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. School performances for this magical play ran in October 2023.

This is what the children had to say Barnstorm’s Theatre for Young Audiences responses

Following the amazing success of its inaugural lunchtime theatre presentation last summer, Barnstorm has another treat for Kilkenny audiences who will be spellbound by Tennessee William’s classic short play ‘Something Unspoken’ this June

“Williams’ masterpiece, which delves into the depth of forbidden love, is an emotional rollercoaster, and this Kilkenny production has been an absolute pleasure to develop” says Joanne Hennessy who directs. “We chose this piece in response to Pride Month in Kilkenny and we are looking forward to sharing the work with everyone.”

Two stalwarts of local theatre, Mags Whitely and Natasha Murray are set to present the new show in Barnstorm’s studio theatre in a lunchtime offering that should entertain and intrigue audiences. Both actors have a long history in the Kilkenny theatre community, having been part of the Barn Owl Players for many years. This lunchtime performance of ‘Something Unspoken’ will be no exception. Whitely and Murray have already earned the praises of their peers for their professional and committed approach to their craft.

Something Unspoken by Tennessee Williams, is set in Meridian, Louisiana in 1958. In the opening scene we find Cornelia Scott, a southern aristocrat, and her widowed secretary, Grace Lancaster. A new age is approaching the Southern aristocracy, and as a result, Cornelia is struggling to keep up with the changes and how to navigate them.

Grace has been Cornelia’s secretary and companion for 15 years, but lately their relationship has become ambiguous.

Cornelia wants to discuss the truth of their hidden emotions, but tensions build as Grace finds it difficult to express her feelings. She has been holding it all in for far too long, and now she is struggling to face the truth. Cornelia is determined to have an honest conversation with Grace, and to finally address the feelings that have been so carefully hidden away for over a decade.

This one-act play is the perfect way to take a break from the office and enjoy a light lunch while being entertained. The performance lasts only 45 minutes, so our office workers can easily fit it into their lunch break and be back in plenty of time.

Tickets are €17 and includes lunch which is presented by the Home Rule Club.; and can be booked HERE

Dates: Limited run from Mon 19th to Sat 24th June  at 1pm daily

Following last year’s successful run of XIV, Barnstorm’s Kilkenny Youth Theatre return to Ionad Dara, Goresbridge with their annual production. This year they bring their version of William Shakespeare’s classic Macbeth to the stage.

Macbeth tells the story of the tragic downfall of the warrior Macbeth, whose ambition causes him to abandon his morals and bring about the near destruction of the kingdom he seeks to rule.

The cast of Macbeth includes Matthew Hickey, Chris Power, Liam O’Neill, Anna Eustace, Diarmuid Maher, Eoin Cleary, Medha Trehan, Nell Snyder, Anna Purcell Duff, Ruby Woods, Matthew Downey, Lara Strauss, Jack Hoyne, Helen Doran, Katie Lawlor, Aoibhne Murphy, Aislin Konings Ferrari, Rionach Brady and Charlotte Lockwood Hutchinson.

Macbeth is running on Friday April 28th and Saturday April 29th at 8pm, with a matinee on Saturday at 3pm, in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, R95 D654.


Tickets are €12.50 /€10 (Under 18’s) and can be booked online HERE